News: G. Dep Murder Trial Details Unveiled, Jury Selection Starts Next Week
Saturday, Apr 7, 2012 11:33PM
Former Bad Boy Records rapper G. Dep is reportedly gearing up for his trial in an unsolved 1990's murder case which was only brought back into light after he confessed to the fatal shooting two years ago.
According to reports, jury selection is slated to kick-off after Easter Sunday.
Jury selection is scheduled to start Monday. Defense lawyer Anthony Ricco and fellow G. Dep lawyer Neville Mitchell didn't return calls this week; the Manhattan district attorney's office declined to comment. G. Dep, who is being held without bail, has pleaded not guilty. (Associated Press)
While his trial is slated to start in the ensuing days, Dep also recently revealed plans to drop his own book from behind bars.
"The book is an autobiography," the former Bad Boy signee explained. "It's one of those things where I'm not trying to explain or justify anything, it's just I'm trying to just give people my last option. Obviously I can't record. I don't know if people are wondering what's going on or even care, but this is something from an artistic point of view that will kind of close out what I was doing, for now. It might kinda answer some people's questions. 'm really just putting it out there as an example. You can make your own synopsis of what you think of it or what you're trying to do with yourself. Really, I'm just putting my story out there. And I'm trying to give a positive message at the same time." (Reese On The Radio)
In November, the rapper's wife Crystal Sutton released an emotional open letter to fans detailing how difficult the situation has been for their family.
"I have attempted to write before but I was too filled with emotion, so my writing was more like an attack on the people my husband kept in his circle. I can't say things are crystal clear for me now but I have been told writing can be therapeutic. I am not looking for anyone to identify with me but to understand. Stay positive. How? I go to church, I pray, I have faith in God but the doubt still comes into my mind. How do I push it out of my mind with the possibility that my husband may spend a large amount of time behind bars... time away from his sons. My tears are not just for my husband but for my sons that may never get to know what it is like to have a father around. Sure, as a strong black African-American woman, I have to hold things down and I will, but boys need a male figure. As a woman I cannot truly teach my sons what it is to be a man, I can only teach them the idea of what I think it is to be one." (VIBE)
A couple months prior, he turned down an opportunity to plead guilty and accept the consequences.
The 36-year-old turned himself in to clear his conscience of shooting a man in an attempted robbery, only to later learn that the attack was fatal. The DA's office said it would only offer a plea deal for the top count - murder in the second degree - which could put him behind bars for 25 years to life. It is my understanding that the parties have not been able to reach an agreement," Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus said. "The people are not willing to offer anything other than a plea to the [top count]." A trial date is set for November 10th. (Hip Hop DX)
On December 15, 2010, G-Dep walked into a police precinct to turn himself in and confessed to shooting a man, not knowing he had died, in 1993.
Check out a past G. Dep interview below: